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Hello from Germany

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  • Member since
    May 2019
Hello from Germany
Posted by its_ok_matt on Monday, May 6, 2019 11:46 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm a 41 year old guy from Germany looking to get back into modeling after a 20-year hiatus (might have even been longer, I don't remember exactly). My focus is on 1:24/25 kits with no special preference regarding period or country, however, I have a soft spot for 60s and 70s cars.

I planned to go for the Revell AMG GT as a "refresher" kit for my skills, because I was involved in the body in white development of the real thing from beginning to end. But now I got my hands on a small collection of Fujimi Enthusiast kits (356 cabriolet, 911 turbo '76, 635CSi, Dino GT, Lancia Stratos) and It's hard to resist starting with one of these. Confused

Looking forward to getting back into the hobby and being part of this community!


  • Member since
    February 2008
Posted by justmike on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:35 PM

Welcome to the site. I have had the privilege of building a Fujimi enthusiast kit. They are amazing, especially the engine detail on the model I did.  You've got some challenging builds in front of you. Hope to see some pics of the WIP's from you soon.

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  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:09 AM

Welcome to the forum. It's a great place to jump back into the game. Sounds like some cool projects there. Cheers.

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  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:21 PM

G'day Matthias, and welcome.  The Fujimi Enthusiast kits are wonderful, the early 356 Porsches in particular, but they are indeed a challenge, and can be frustrating.  The tolerances are tight and paint thickness can interfere with the fitting of parts.  As you are returning to the hobby after a layoff period, I believe it would be best for you to resurrect your skills with the Revell kit first, to minimise any frustration and angst.  Cheers.


  • Member since
    May 2019
Posted by its_ok_matt on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 10:05 PM

Thanks guys!

I will definitely get a more basic kit for a warm up and to get the basics back on track.

There is one thing in particular that I want to get going first, and that's airbrushing. I always brush painted my models, and while that's perfectly fine for some parts (and even necessary for detailing etc.), getting a good body paint is a lot more work and can be quite frustrating.


  • Member since
    May 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:06 AM

Howdy and welcome from across the pond. You will quickly find that the after market has really grown. I lived in West Germany in the 80's for 3.5 years in a small town 35K's south of Frankfurt (in the military). Great food, nice people, and beautiful lands. 



  • Member since
    May 2019
Posted by its_ok_matt on Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:56 AM

I lived in West Germany in the 80's for 3.5 years in a small town 35K's south of Frankfurt (in the military). Great food, nice people, and beautiful lands.



then you weren't too far away from my home town. I spent the first 30 years of my life in Heppenheim, about 50km south of Frankfurt. I guess you must have been stationed in/around Darmstadt or Pfungstadt?



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